At the close of a preliminary hearing Thursday, District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr. forwarded to court the homicide charge against Anthony Kareem Hayes, 24, formerly of Newark, N.J. He remains in York County Prison without bail.
Jeffrey Allen Reid Jr., 22, of York testified at the hearing, saying he'd been at the party in the 100 block of East Maple Street that night and witnessed Ramos, Hayes and a third man he knows only as "Mellow" arguing.
"Mellow" is Jamell D. McMillan, 22, of York, police said.
The argument was over Ramos dancing with "some smut," Reid said.
"That's when Kenneth grabbed (Hayes) up and started smacking him ... in the face," Reid testified, causing McMillan to step in and throw Ramos to the ground.
"Kenneth got up and asked him why he do that," Reid said, and McMillan responded, " 'cause we all blood."
Gang members: Reid said McMillan was referring to the fact that Ramos, Hayes and McMillan were all members of the Valentine gang, a subset of the Bloods.
Ramos told his friends they should "take this outside," Reid testified, at which point Reid had to leave to conduct a drug sale, he said.
Reid said when he returned a couple of minutes later, he saw Ramos and McMillan fighting outside, behind the house where the party was being held. That's when Hayes pulled a knife and swung at Ramos, stabbing him in the back of the neck, Reid testified.
Ramos collapsed, Hayes ran to a car
and drove off, and McMillan fled on foot, according to Reid.
With his dying breath, Ramos called out, "Blood game all day," Reid testified.
Police said that was a reference to his gang affiliation, basically meaning Ramos was saying he died living the gang lifestyle.
'A sweet guy': But Ramos' family members who attended Thursday's hearing said the gang lifestyle isn't what they saw in him.
"He was working -- he was a good man," said his cousin, Raquasia Browdy.
"He was a sweet guy," always kissing family members, said his great-aunt, Margie Funderburk. "He was an average guy, but he was a good guy."
Ramos has two babies on the way, Browdy said.
His 21st birthday would have been next Wednesday, she said, and family members said they plan to gather for that, as well as celebrate for a young cousin of Ramos, because they shared the same birthday.
Deal for testimony: Senior deputy prosecutor Tom Reilly prompted Reid to confirm he expects consideration on pending criminal charges in exchange for his testimony. Reid is charged with felony drug-dealing and said "hopefully" those charges will be dropped after he testifies at Hayes' trial.
Under cross-examination by defense attorney Korey Leslie, Reid admitted he ran away after witnessing Ramos' homicide because "I wasn't getting involved in it."
Reid said he didn't contact police until last week.
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